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From "Alan D. Cabrera" <l...@toolazydogs.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept Stanbol for incubation
Date Sun, 14 Nov 2010 17:28:46 GMT
+1


Regards,
Alan

On Nov 10, 2010, at 7:11 AM, Bertrand Delacretaz wrote:

> Hi,
> 
> I think we're ready to vote on the
> http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/StanbolProposal now, copy included
> below.
> 
> This is TPFKAF - The Project Formerly Known As FOO.
> 
> Please cast your votes:
> 
> [ ] +1 Accept Stanbol for incubation
> [ ] +0 Don't care
> [ ] -1 Reject for the following reason:
> 
> The vote is open for at least 72 hours.
> 
> Thanks!
> -Bertrand
> 
> 
> = Apache Stanbol incubation proposal =
> 
> == Abstract ==
> Apache Stanbol is a modular software stack and reusable set of
> components for semantic content management.
> 
> == Proposal ==
> Stanbol components are meant to be accessed over RESTful interfaces to
> provide semantic services for content management. The current code is
> written in Java and based on the OSGi modularization framework, but
> other server-side languages might be used as well.
> 
> Applications include extending existing content management systems
> with (internal or external) semantic services, and creating new types
> of content management systems with semantics at their core.
> 
> The architecture of the current (alpha-level) code consists of four layers:
> * Persistence: services that store (or cache) semantic information
> and make it searchable
> * Lifting: services that add semantic information to “non-semantic”
> pieces of content
> * Knowledge models and reasoning: services that enhance the semantic
> information
> * Interaction: intelligent user interface management and generation
> 
> == Background ==
> Stanbol comes out of the IKS project (Interactive Knowledge Stack,
> http://iks-project.eu/), a research project funded by the European
> Community (EC) which aims to create a semantic content management
> software stack.
> 
> One of the goals of IKS is for its software to survive the 4-year
> funding period of the EC, which ends in 2012.
> 
> Developing its code in the open at the Apache Software Foundation, and
> growing a community before IKS funding runs out, is the best way to
> ensure the sustainability of the Stanbol software.
> 
> For more background information, some articles and tutorials on FISE,
> which was the first usable IKS module, can be found in the “FISE
> links” section of http://wiki.iks-project.eu/index.php/FISE
> 
> == Rationale ==
> Content Management Systems (CMS) can benefit from semantic add-ons in
> a number of ways, including more intelligent linking, automatic or
> semi-automatic tagging of content, enhanced user interactions based on
> intelligent and dynamically adaptable user scenario modeling, etc.
> 
> However, many CMS vendors and developers are not aware of or skilled
> enough in semantic technologies to make effective use of them.
> Research in semantic technologies often happens in academic circles
> which might not make their findings available in a way that’s easily
> consumable by today’s CMS vendors and developers.
> 
> Some big companies are using semantic technologies behind the scenes
> to provide powerful services, but that technology is usually not
> accessible to smaller vendors.
> 
> Stanbol aims to bridge these gaps by providing CMS vendors and
> developers with easy to integrate semantic components that add value
> to their offerings.
> 
> At the same time, more experimental advanced semantic applications
> will be built on the Stanbol stack, with the medium-term goal of
> enabling pure semantic-based content management and other
> applications.
> 
> == Initial Goals ==
> * Import the existing IKS code.
> * Clean up as needed to take advantage of Apache infrastructure
> (Hudson continuous builds, etc.)
> * Replace up any dependencies that do not fulfill Apache licensing criteria.
> * Create the Stanbol website and migrate IKS website/wiki information
> to it as needed.
> * Make a first release and publicize it to start growing the community.
> 
> == Current Status ==
> === Meritocracy ===
> As IKS is an EC research project with funding, it does not formally
> operate as a meritocracy.
> 
> However, due to the open source way of working adopted by the
> consortium, an informal meritocracy has emerged within IKS.
> 
> We estimate that adapting to the ASF’s meritocratic way of working
> will be easy for the initial set of Stanbol committers, as the
> differences to the current way of working are not dramatic.
> 
> === Community ===
> The IKS project plan includes an important effort to build a community
> around the software that it produces. Several community workshops have
> already taken place, attended by more than 40 European CMS developers
> and vendors.
> 
> See http://wiki.iks-project.eu/index.php/Workshops for more info.
> 
> A community is emerging around IKS, and moving to the Apache project
> governance model should help grow it - also by reassuring community
> members that the software will continue to be available and
> maintainable once the IKS EC funding runs out.
> 
> === Core Developers ===
> The IKS consortium consists of seven academic research groups and six
> “industrial partners”, companies active in the CMS space.
> 
> See http://iks-project.eu/team/team for the list.
> 
> The current IKS software has been written by a group of about a dozen
> developers from this consortium, with few external contributions until
> now. Members of the Clerezza community have contributed some key
> pieces, and ties between both communities are strong.
> 
> === Alignment ===
> As many Apache projects have something to do with content management,
> obvious synergies exist, which should allow us to grow the community
> from inside the ASF as well as from the outside.
> 
> == Known Risks ==
> 
> === Orphaned Products ===
> The IKS code as it stands now might be orphaned when the EC funding of
> IKS runs out at the end of 2012.
> 
> That’s why we want to move to Apache now, to have a bit more than two
> years to make Stanbol independent of its EC funding.
> 
> === Inexperience with Open Source ===
> The IKS team includes a number of very experienced Open Source
> developers, along with people doing their first open source
> contributions.
> 
> Since the IKS consortium started writing code early this year, we have
> had ample opportunity to bring everybody up to speed as to how open
> source works, and we’re confident that the initial committers will
> quickly adapt to the ASF’s way of working.
> 
> === Homogeneous Developers ===
> The current developers are spread amongst the IKS consortium partners,
> with no dominant company or organization.
> 
> === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
> Until the end of 2012, the work of IKS consortium members is funded by
> the consortium, so there is a “common boss” problem, and we can assume
> that most or all of that work is salaried.
> 
> Moving software development to the ASF, and especially growing a
> community to include committers from outside the IKS consortium,
> should help reduce or eliminate this risk. Even IKS partners using the
> software in their products will help reduce the “common boss” problem,
> as both the IKS and the partner company will have a need for Stanbol
> software.
> 
> === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
> The IKS software is written as a set of OSGi components and runs on
> Apache Felix, using the launcher from Apache Sling.
> 
> It also uses several key components from the Apache Clerezza
> incubating project, along with a number of other Apache libraries.
> Several Clerezza committers have been contributing in IKS workshops,
> without being part of the IKS consortium.
> 
> Clerezza in turn uses Jena, which is also joining the Apache Incubator.
> 
> Lucene/Solr will be used for indexing and search.
> 
> We also expect to use software from or collaborate with Mahout, Tikka,
> Jackrabbit, UIMA and Chemistry.
> 
> === An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
> The brand is not what makes the difference for the IKS team, the
> motivation is the opportunity to build and grow a community.
> 
> == Documentation ==
> Existing components are documented at http://wiki.iks-project.eu/ and
> http://code.google.com/p/iks-project/w/list but that information is
> still incomplete due to the alpha status of most of that software.
> 
> == Initial Source ==
> http://code.google.com/p/iks-project/
> 
> == External Dependencies ==
> Appendix A contains the list of Maven groupIds of dependencies of the
> various Stanbol modules.
> 
> Most of those are compatible with ASF requirements
> (http://apache.org/legal/resolved.html) but an extensive check is
> needed, to remove/change any non-compatible ones.
> 
> == Required Resources ==
> 
> === Mailing Lists ===
> 
> * stanbol-private (moderated subscriptions)
> * stanbol-dev
> * stanbol-commits
> 
> === Subversion Directory ===
> 
> * [[http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/stanbol]]
> 
> === Issue Tracking ===
> * JIRA (STANBOL)
> 
> === Other Resources ===
> We will probably request a wiki once the podling is setup, and access
> to a Hudson continuous build server.
> 
> == Initial Committers and affiliations ==
> The following people are members of the IKS consortium, see
> http://iks-project.eu/team/team for a description of their
> organizations:
> 
> * Aldo Gangemi (aldo DOT gangemi AT cnr DOT it) - CNR
> * Andreas Filler (andreas DOT filler AT hs-furtwangen DOT de) -
> Hochschule Furtwangen
> * Andreas Gruber (andreas DOT gruber AT salzburgresearch DOT at) -
> Salzburg Research
> * Benjamin Nagel (bnagel AT hotmail DOT de) - University of Paderborn
> * Bertrand Delacretaz (bdelacretaz AT apache DOT org) - Adobe
> * Enrico Daga (enrico DOT daga AT cnr DOT it) - CNR
> * Fabian Christ (christ DOT fabian AT googlemail DOT com) -
> University of Paderborn (s-lab)
> * Henri Bergius (henri DOT bergius AT iki DOT fi) - Nemein - original
> co-author of Midgard
> * Jean-Michel Pittet (jmp AT adobe DOT com) - Adobe
> * Joerg Steffen (steffen AT dfki DOT de) - DFKI
> * Massimo Romanelli (romanell AT dfki DOT de) - DFKI - W3C MMI
> Working Group, USDL Incubator Group
> * Olivier Grisel (ogrisel AT nuxeo DOT com) - Nuxeo - committer on
> Nuxeo, contributor to Mahout,  http://github.com/ogrisel and
> http://bitbucket.org/ogrisel
> * Ozgur Kilic (ozgur AT srdc DOT com DOT tr) - SRDC
> * Rupert Westenthaler (rupert DOT westenthaler AT gmail DOT com) -
> Salzburg Research
> * Sebastian Germesin (sebastian DOT germesin AT dfki DOT de) - DFKI
> * Stefane Fermigier (sf AT fermigier DOT com) - Nuxeo SA
> * Szabolcs Grunwald (szaby DOT gruenwald AT salzburgresearch DOT at)
> - Salzburg Research
> * Tilman Becker (becker AT dfki DOT de) - DFKI
> * Valentina Presutti (valentina DOT presutti AT cnr DOT it) - CNR
> * Walter Kasper (kasper AT dfki DOT de) - DFKI - OpenLogos project
> lead, http://openlogos-mt.sourceforge.net/
> * Wernher Behrendt (wernher DOT behrendt AT gmail DOT com) - Salzburg Research
> * Wolfgang Maass (wolfgang DOT maass AT unisg DOT de) - University of
> St. Gallen
> 
> 
> The following initial committers are not members of the IKS consortium:
> * Andreas Kuckartz (a DOT kuckartz AT ping DOT de)
> * Ard Schrijvers (ard AT apache DOT org)
> * Tommaso Teofili (tommaso AT apache DOT org)
> 
> == Sponsors ==
> 
> === Champion ===
>  * Bertrand Delacretaz (bdelacretaz AT apache DOT org)
> 
> === Nominated Mentors ===
>  * Ted Dunning (tdunning AT apache DOT org)
>  * Ross Gardler (rgardler AT apache DOT org)
>  * Upayavira (upayavira AT apache DOT org)
>  * Isabel Drost (isabel AT apache DOT org)
> 
> === Sponsoring Entity ===
> Apache Incubator.
> 
> == Appendix A: list of dependencies ==
> Here's the list of Maven groupIds of the current Stanbol dependencies,
> omitting org.apache.* and commons-* groupIds but including transitive
> dependencies.
> 
> {{{
> asm
> com.aetrion.flickr
> com.beetstra.jutf7
> com.drewnoakes
> com.googlecode.json-simple
> com.hp.hpl.jena
> com.ibm.icu
> com.sun.jersey
> com.sun.xml.bind
> dom4j
> edu.smu.tspell
> eu.iksproject
> hermit
> info.aduna.commons
> it.unimi.dsi.fastutil.chars
> javax.activation
> javax.mail
> javax.servlet
> javax.ws.rs
> javax.xml
> javax.xml.bind
> javax.xml.stream
> jetty
> jtidy
> junit
> local.jrdf
> log4j
> mysql
> net.fortuna.ical4j
> net.fortuna.mstor
> net.sf.jacob-project
> net.sf.kxml
> net.sourceforge
> net.sourceforge.juniversalchardet
> org.antlr
> org.bibsonomy
> org.bouncycastle
> org.clojars.thnetos
> org.codehaus.castor
> org.codehaus.jackson
> org.codehaus.jettison
> org.codehaus.woodstox
> org.freemarker
> org.hsqldb
> org.htmlparser
> org.jaudiotagger
> org.jdom
> org.json
> org.mockito
> org.mortbay.jetty
> org.nsdl.mptstore
> org.openrdf.sesame
> org.ops4j.base
> org.ops4j.pax.exam
> org.ops4j.pax.runner
> org.osgi
> org.samba.jcifs
> org.scala-lang
> org.semanticdesktop.aperture
> org.semanticdesktop.nepomuk
> org.semanticweb.owlapi
> org.semweb4j
> org.slf4j
> org.textmining
> org.wymiwyg
> owl-link
> owlapi
> ronaldhttpclient
> stax
> trove
> xerces
> xmlpull
> }}}
> 
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